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Every Day is Thanksgiving

The Jewish view of gratitude.

Published: November 21, 2009


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Visitor Comments: 15

(15) SusanE, November 26, 2009 3:27 PM

Thanksgiving with a Disturbed Heart

My family has been in America since 1849 or before, so we've seen lots of Thanksgivings. What the children are taught about it in school IS what we believe it to be. Study hard about the origin of this Day and learn how it became to be a National Holiday. We made Pilgrims hats and Indian headdresses in school 50 years ago, we wore them and ate pumpkin cookies and milk together at a table in our classroom. Then we both gave thanks for this great country of America. We are still doing that every year reinforcing our belief that America is the greatest country in the world and now thanking G-d for that. ~ Please today I want you to think about THIS when you are giving thanks to G-d for your blessings. Think about what the American Indians in their concentrated allowable living areas of America are giving thanks for. ..........

(14) Reuven, November 25, 2009 9:04 AM

Thanks to God is always appropriate!

Thanksgiving is just one of many formerly religious celebrations in Western society that now have a predominantly secular overtone. That notwithstanding, the concept of, "giving thanks" implies the existence of a recipient of that gratitude. Who, exactly, is that, in a secular context? Is it Mom, for slaving all day in the kitchen? The Football Leagues, for scheduling all those big games? Are we celebrating Erev Black Friday?? It's pretty obvious (if you come up for air from all that stuffing and cranberry sauce) that there's something of greater consequence going on here than just another excuse for a party. I see Thanksgiving as worthy of celebration, no matter what one's religion, since giving thanks to God is a factor common to all of them, and gratitude is a prime character trait for all people to develop. Thanks for the inspiration. BTW Rbn. Palatnik: "Hodu" means, "India". "Turkey"(the bird, that is) is "Tarnagol Hodu" - Bird of India - which is where Columbus was hoping against hope that he had landed.

(13) Anonymous, November 25, 2009 7:08 AM

Lori, So Thankful for your encouragement and message on Giving Thanks Daily' Glad to have heard it. Happy Day.

(12) Anonymous, November 25, 2009 5:02 AM

I love the part of Thanksgiving=Hodu=Turkey!! Ha Ha!! Great job Lori!v Keep up the good work!

(11) Anonymous, November 25, 2009 3:27 AM

The hebrew for turkey is not Hodu but Tarnegol HoduIn the case of the turkey the name stems not from gratitude but from Hod which is splendor i.e. a splendid bird

The hebrew word for turkey is tarnegol hodu. It does not stem from praise or thank you but from hod which is beauty or magnificent

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